When you try too hard, it doesn’t work

Balance : Work : Relax

Balance : Work : Relax

And when you try too hard, it doesn’t work. Try grabbing something quickly and precisely with a tensed-up arm; then relax and try it again. Try doing something with a tense mind. The surest way to become Tense, Awkward and Confused is to develop a mind that tries too hard – one that thinks too much. The animals in the Forest don’t think too much; they just Are. But with an overwhelming number of people, to misquote an old Western philosopher, it’s a case of “I think, therefore I am confused.” If you compare the City with the Forest, you may begin to wonder why it’s man who goes around classifying himself as The Superior Animal.

from The Tao of Pooh, The Pooh Way
by Benjamin Hoff (1946 – )

In case you’re wondering, that “Western Philosopher” was Descartes, who said “I think, therefore I am,” or, in Latin, “cogito, ergo sum.”

Plato, Aristotle and others said something similar. In Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle said, “if one who sees is conscious that he sees, one who hears that he hears, one who walks that he walks and similarly for all the other human activities there is a faculty that is conscious of their exercise, so that whenever we perceive, we are conscious that we perceive, and whenever we think, we are conscious that we think, and to be conscious that we are perceiving or thinking is to be conscious that we exist…”

Is awareness what brings you home, or is there something “Uncarved” that comes first?

Don’t think about this too hard, or you’ll lose your balance: think just enough. Breathe.

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